Bruins Dominate Pens, Take 2-0 Series Lead Back To Boston
Well, that was certainly an eventful game 2. I mean, was anyone really expecting the Bruins to just dominate the Penguins all over the ice? I thought the Pens were going to come out with the best hockey they have played so far this season. Instead Captain Crosby tries to play a bouncing puck, and before he knows it, Marchand has got it past Vokoun 28 second into the game. Not a great start for Pittsburgh’s captain, but a great one for a Boston team looking to take home ice advantage away from one of the league’s best teams.
The route was on early for Boston as they scored 3 straight goals in the 1st period. Marchand added the first one mentioned above, and Nathan Horton added his seventh of the postseason 14 minutes later. Horton’s goal was a product of a bad clear attempt by Pittsburgh’s number one defenseman Kris Letang. Letang threw the puck up the middle of the zone where it was picked off by Torey Krug. The rookie defenseman tossed it quickly to the front of the net where Horton beat both Letang, and Paul Martin to flip by Vokoun. The goal would also become his 3rd game winning playoff goal this postseason, and the 6th of his playoff career.
Horton would factor in on another goal roughly 2 minutes later when the Bruins’ Krejci line put together a pretty display of puck movement. Milan Lucic started the rush with a pass to Horton, who then hit Lucic driving to the net. Looch then made a pretty drop pass after getting both Pittsburgh defensemen to collapse. The puck found Horty, and he passed it to an open David Krejci for his 8th goal of the playoffs which tied him for the NHL postseason lead. The goal also chased Tomas Vokoun from the net, as Pens’ coach Dan Bylsma elected to go with Marc-Andre Fleury for the remainder of the game. It had to have been a tough decision or Bylsma, because Vokoun was hardly responsible for the goals scored against him. The Penguins defense was atrocious all night.
With about 30 seconds left to play, the Penguins finally beat Tuukka Rask with a Brandon Sutter bullet blocker side high. It was one of those “no goalie in the world would have stopped that one” type of shots, and Rask was visibly frustrated after giving it up. That goal could’ve been a huge momentum shift for the Pens had they been able to end the period on a high note, but Matt Cooke went head hunting on Brad Marchand, and lost his man. Marchand then raced up the ice, and sniped his own beauty of a shot over Fleury’s glove hand to give the Bruins another 3 goal lead. The shot was the first Fleury had faced since coming into the game.
The second period was uneventful to say the least. The Bruins appeared content to sit back and let the Penguins come to them. By then it appeared as if their spirits had been broken. The third period opened with a Patrice Bergeron goal. Bergy’s goal was the result of a gorgeous Jagr pass. Jaromir played a great game tonight, and he ended his 6 game scoring drought with 2 assists, and a +3 on the night. By this point the Penguins were completely out of the game, and seemed as if they were just looking to let the clock run. Johnny Boychuk added the final goal of the contest with a patented “Johnny Rocket” which broke through Fleury’s pads.
The Boston Bruins went into Pittsburgh, and stole 2 games away from a team many considered to be the league’s best. It seems as if the B’s have figured out Sidney Crosby, and the rest of the Penguins stars as the have all been brutal in this series. In the first 2 games Crosby is a -3, Malkin is a -3, Iginla is a -3, Neal is a -5, and Letang is a -5. The Bruins are shutting down one of the league’s best offenses in a way similar to that of the 2011 Staney Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Penguins are in for a tough go of it in Boston. With a brewing goaltending controversy, and a wasted opportunity at home, the Pens now face adversity. Adversity is something they have been fortunate enough to avoid all season. the Bruins are 2 games away from their second Eastern Conference title in 3 years, but they still have plenty of work to do.
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